Saint Lucia-born woman dies at 105

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Saint Lucia-born woman dies at 105
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PRESS RELEASE – Babonneau born Ulianita Hortensia Iris Henry has died at the age of 105.

She was born on  13th April 1910 in the community of Babonneau to Veronique Stephen and Edison Steven.

Her Mother died age when Uliantia was 11, so her father took her and her siblings to live with another wife where Ulianita  was taken out of school to care for her 4 younger siblings.

She sold ripe bananas and cooked for the British soldiers in 1948.

After the Vigie fort was closed she worked as a cook at the Myers residence on the corner of Victoria and Chaussee roads. After leaving the Myers she became a vegetable farmer.

Ulianita was a single parent of 7 children by the age of 40. After marrying her knight in shining armor on November 20, 1950 at age 40, she had 4 more children with her husband.

One remaining sister, Ivy, Age 95, is currently living in London.

Ulianita migrated to St Croix in 1967 with her husband (he was seeking employment) where she became an entrepreneur exporting goods for sale from both St. Lucia and St Croix.

For the next 30 years her export/import business flourished requiring her to travel frequently between St. Lucia and St Croix. She traveled to London, New York on a Caribbean cruise, Spain, and Florida.

She loved to bake and decorate cakes for all occasions and had a small business doing so before she got married.

She also loved keeping a vegetable garden after retiring back to St Lucia, while her husband kept a flower garden.

Despite chastising her husband for only planting flowers as opposed to food she enjoyed having fresh bouquets in her house daily.

She was soft spoken but firm. She was very generous with food. She taught her children valuable lessons using old sayings, proverbs and verses. She was known to sacrifice whatever she had for not only her children but all those in the community.

She celebrated her 100th birthday on April 13, 2010

She celebrated her 105th birthday on April 13, 2015

She celebrated her 65th wedding anniversary November 20, 2015

She passed away on November 23, 2015

She will be buried on December 12, 2015

She leaves behind:

72 grandchildren

173 great-grand children

53 great-great-grand children

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  1. I am very sorry to hear ahout your loss. Some comforting scriptures that help me to cope is acts 24:15 and psalm 34:18 i look forward to the time when death will be no more isaiah 25:8

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  2. What an amazing life! Full of family and love. May warm memories bring you comfort during this time of grief... Their is a solid promise that soon there will be a recall of those is Jehoavh (Psalms 83:18) God's memory... So seeing her again will soon be an assured possibility... Something we all look forward to...

    John 5:28,29

    Agape

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  3. Well Granny has done her part in doing service for her family by extension country. Am sure these govt officials would be in attendance however,when the lady was alive , am sure she never received little or NO recognition given to her by the relevant authorities and that's a big shame.Right now we currently have a 112 year old lady alive and NO recognition is given to her . These persons in society needs to be acknowlege for their time and service contributed before they depart this earth.

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  4. May she rest in perfect peace and harmony. She should be buried on the13th,national day''' to complete the cycle of her spiritual existence.

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  5. wow this woman is so i dont even have words to say i wish also to say there is a lesson in this for all of us especially the young girls of today, look how small she started out and how she expanded later on, its just amazing but unlike those little girls and women that want things in a hurry and dont want to wait and take their time and always want to ask men for money and things and if you dont give it they call you all kinds of names and at the end of the day these same girls that out of a job and they more lazy than anything but always want to be in the latest styles and want to be rude wrong and strong again i hope they can take a page out of this lady's book if she was my grand mother or great grand or what ever i would be so very proud of her. but one thing i wonder how she and her husband remeber all those name of grand and great grand and great great great grand children messay look names wi

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  6. My only concern is why now do I get to know about such elders in the community,; she's dead now and won't receive an inch of the compliment. Point I would like to make , we in the society should have more compassion for such good biographies in the the community. If only we knew such good people exist we could probably sturdy their motivation.

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  7. by the look of the picture im sure she was very well able and independent. the summary shows that she had a very interesting life filled with ups and down but always her ambitious spirit motivated her to not settle for anything less. God bless her, and be with this family as they are mourning.

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